Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top 10 movies, top 10 songs, even top 10 foods of 2015; apparently there’s no way to end a year without a top 10 list. And so, we at TTI/Vanguard have succumbed.

Assuming no one spikes the eggnog, we’ll be back with a regular newsletter on January 8. In the meantime, re-watch these talks in the archive; let us know any other lessons you took away from our 2015 meetings; and have a Happy New Year!

—The TTI/Vanguard Team


10 Things We Learned in 2015

1. Nanotubes are getting real

  • Julia R. Greer, “Materials by Design: 3-Dimensional Nano-Architected Meta-Materials”
  • Subhasish Mitra, “Computing Performance: The N3XT 1,000X”


2. Bio-manufacturing is here

  • Reshma Shetty, “The World's First Organism Engineering Foundry”
  • Tiger Tao, “Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Life Sciences”
  • Christina Smolke, “New Bio-Based Supply Chains for Drugs”


3. The blockchain is a new form of networking, distribution, and authentication

  • Vitalik Buterin, “Ethereum: Building the Decentralized World, Made Easy”


4. Video is a new trove of data and understanding

  • Rajiv Maheswaran, “Data in Motion: Cities, Logistics, and the NBA”
  • Michael Rubinstein, “Invisible Motion in Video”

5. There’s a virtuous cycle to big data, supercomputer simulation, and 3-D modeling/verification

  • Amanda Randles, “Using Massively Parallel Simulation to Study Disease”

6. 3-D printing doesn’t stop at the desktop

  • Behrokh Khoshnevis “3-D Printing Buildings and Other Large Components”

7. On beyond Google

  • Chris White, “Big Data Tools for the Dark Web”


8. The promise of energy-efficient fusion—no, really, this time might be it!

  • Dennis Whyte, “Smaller and Sooner Fusion Energy”


9. Lasers will be everywhere—inside cells, in lighting and opto-electronics, and eventually aerospace

  • Andy Yun, “Intracellular Microlasers”
  • Cun-Zheng Ning, “White Lasers and Possible Applications”
  • Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, “Disrupting Aerospace”

10. Innovation can be orchestrated, but true creativity often cannot

  • Daniel Bryson, “Creativity and Collaboration Workshop”
  • Ken Stanley, “Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective”

The TTI/Vanguard Team


Author: Steven Cherry

Director of TTI/Vanguard, “a unique forum for senior-level executives that links strategic technology planning to business success. In private conferences that are part classroom, part think-tank, and part laboratory, its members—corporate and government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and academics—explore emerging and potentially disruptive technologies.”

Twenty years experience as a technology journalist and editor, at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Founded the award-winning podcast series, Techwise Conversations covering tech news, tech careers and education, and the engineering lifestyle. Teaches an intensive writing class as an adjunct instructor at NYU. Previously taught essay writing and creative writing at The College of New Rochelle.